CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology

Careers

Positions

Graduates find employment working in a variety of positions including:

  • Tool and die maker
  • CNC machinist
  • CNC machine operator
  • CNC set-up specialist

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Machinists $26,700 $37,300 $42,600
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators $29,400 $35,900 $39,200
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers $34,600 $45,200 $50,400
Tool and Die Makers $38,900 $48,900 $53,800

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Many graduates in this field work overtime. Overtime wages are not included in the above average wages.

Gainful Employment

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Blackhawk Engineering, Inc. Cedar Falls, IA
Criterion Manufacturing Waterloo, IA
Geater Machining & Manufacturing, Co. Independence, IA
GMT Corporation Waverly, IA
Hawkeye Tool and Die Jesup, IA
Iowa Laser Technology Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Waterloo, IA
Viking Pump, Inc. Cedar Falls, IA

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Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the CNC Machining and Tool-Making Technology program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ASSET
Math 14 40 Arithmetic 24 Pre-Algebra 38 Numerical
English/Writing 13 42 Sentence Skills 20 31
Reading 16 58 69 34

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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